KATE Festival 2016
The Cham ethnic minority people, followers of the Balamon religion, in south-central Ninh Thuan province will shortly hold their traditional Kate Festival, their biggest annual festival. This year the Kate Festival will be held at the Cham Temples and Towers around Phan Rang city, such as Po Inu Nugar in Huu Duc hamlet, Po Rome in Hau Sanh hamlet, and Po Klong Giarai in Vinh Do ward. Visitors can learn the rituals of ceremonial dress, see a palanquin procession taking the costumes of the Goddess from the yard to the main tower, the rituals of opening the tower, bathing at the altar of Linga - Yoni, costumes and, finally, the main ritual.
The festival also features a Cham traditional fashion show, Cham folk dancing, traditional Cham cuisine, handicraft products, and folk games. Cham artisans will play traditional Cham musical instruments such as Ka Nhi, Ghi-nang drums and Baranung drums.